Anchor Public house Quiz

Over the Christmas the Anchor Public House had a Quiz to raise awareness and money for Parkinson’s Cafe Hullbridge, They had a fantastic Evening and raised a substantial amount of Money.

In this picture Gary Manager of the Anchor Public House is handing over the envelope to Colin Rickards Chairman Parkinon’s Cafe Hullbridge

Gary Manager Shaking hands with colin







Welcome to 2024 here are some dates for your diaries……EFP will resume on the 9th January

                                                                                                         First club is on the 16th January 1-3.00pm

We had some lovely days in December 2023 with not only a trip to Brighton Races but also the Romford dogs

Our annual Christmas lunch was once again held at the Oakwood Public House in Eastwood Rayleigh where the food and atmosphere was very good

Our final outing of the year was an afternoon tea at the Riverview Cafe Pooles Lane where Sean and his staff put on a lovely spread with Prosecco

Moving on to February we are putting on a show featuring Dave Collison as Roy Orbison this is on the 10th February 2024 and tickets are £15.00 pp Tickets will be availiable at the HCA Pooles Lane and at the Windermere Centre (ex day centre) or purchase from us


Covid 19 is still with us and the necessary precautions are being implemented where possible and the wearing of masks is optional


Walk for Parkinson’s 2019

7th July 2019 and the weather was just right for a 2 mile walk around Hyde Hall in aid of Parkinson’s.

Setting off with my Grand daughter Chanel (who stepped in at the last minute as a replacement for my wife Christina) our walk started across varied terrain eventually arriving at the finishing line a good 35 minutes later to a rapturous applause ahead of all the other 2 milers, receiving our medals and some light refreshments.

We managed to raise over £300 for this wonderful cause.

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Hyde Hall 2019

Hyde Hall 2019 -1Wednesday 12th June 2019 saw our Parkinson’s cafe assemble at the Hullbridge Community Centre for a trip out to Hyde Hall. Pouring with rain, we were greeted by our driver Danny before making the half hour journey to Hyde Hall.
On arrival, Holly (our tour guide) came on board to give us welcome stickers and a map of the grounds before disembarking. We then made our way to the restaurant for a welcome cup of tea before going our separate ways to investigate the wonderful scenery. (For those who could not make the hill, a buggy ride was available)
Being the month of June, the roses were in full bloom and very aromatic…the gardeners were out in force planting new saplings for the coming year and the vegetable dome was an abundance of crops nearly ready for harvest. Walking around the lakes and watching the ducks,  Hyde Hall was a place of tranquility. Despite the weather, there were plenty of huts for you to sit in and watch the world go by.
A visit to the Queen Mother’s garden and the dry oasis is a must to visit and for those who ventured further afield there was the woodland area.
Making our way back to the entrance you’ll find a big gift shop and garden centre where you could purchase plants or souvenirs.
Finally, We all met up for lunch at the spacious restaurant for reasonably priced food and refreshments before returning to the coach for our journey home.
Everyone enjoyed themselves and asked if we could arrange more trips out, which I am sure there will be in the future.
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Colin Rickards

My Interview with BBC Essex

On 22nd April 2019 I was invited back by BBC Essex and Sadie Nine to talk about our Parkinson’s Cafe in Hullbridge, Essex.

This follows on from my last interview given on 11th April 2018 – World Parkinson’s Day where I had the privilege of being able to talk about my struggles with Parkinson’s Disease and how I came to open our first Parkinson’s Cafe in Hullbridge, Essex.

You can listen to my interviews below:




Our Parkinson’s Cafe is open the first Tuesday of every month (unless otherwise stated) at the Hullbridge Community Centre and third Tuesday of every month (unless otherwise stated) at the Hullbridge Sports & Social, so please feel free to drop by for a cuppa tea and a friendly chat.

Pub Quiz Evening – 28th March 2019

Pub Quiz Evening at The Anchor Pub – Hullbridge

Parkinsons Cafe - Hullbridge - Pub Quiz - 28.03.2019

I am pleased to confirm that a Pub Quiz will take place at The Anchor Pub, Hullbridge with All ticket sales and any other donations to be made to The Parkinson’s Cafe Hullbridge.

Details Below :-

Date – Thursday 28th March
Time – 7pm arrival for a 7.30pm start
Price – £5 per person (cash on the night)
Team – A maximum of 6 people per team
Format – General knowledge quiz

Prizes for top scoring teams.

Hope to see you all there.

Colin Rickards

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